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Suzhou is a major city in the Jiangsu Province of East China. It plays a big role in trade and commerce in the area. It is a prefecture-level city that has seen exponential growth in its urban population. This city, with more than 2500 years of history, has been an economic and commercial centre since days of old and was at one time one of the world’s largest cities. The city was called by different names under its different rulers. The city became officially known as Suzhou under the Sui dynasty in AD 589. It is known for its beautiful bridges, gardens, canals and pagodas, making it a popular tourist attraction in China. Suzhou is a major contributor to the Chinese GDP. The city is located on the Yangtze River along the Lake Tai plain, to the northwest of Shanghai. Suzhou is also known as the Venice of China because of its numerous canals and multiple stone bridges. The Grand Canal here is on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A trip to this city is a jackpot for history buffs, as everywhere you turn; you will find something of historic importance. After all, its history dates back to 514 BC! Suzhou has a humid subtropical climate with distinct seasons. Summers and winters are very pronounced. Autumn and spring season from April to October would be the best time for a trip to Suzhou as the trees are in full bloom and it is extremely pleasant.

Airports / nearby airport:

There are three airports you can rely on to reach Suzhou, namely Sunan Shuofang International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. The closest one is Sunan Shuofang International Airport, which is about 38 kilometres by road from Suzhou, situated in Wuxi. It connects Suzhou to other Chinese cities and limited overseas destinations. For getting to Suzhou from Sunan Shuofang International Airport, you can take a bus, taxi or towncar. The fastest way to get from the airport to the city would be by taxi which will cost you between CNY120 and CNY150.


Being one of the largest cities in the province, Suzhou has various modes of transportation. You can get around the city using the metro service called Suzhou Rail Transit. You can also use the Suzhou Tram system for your city commute. Suzhou has a well-connected road network making buses and taxis popular here, and both are reasonably priced. If you have time to spare and want to soak in the local sights, you can hire a bicycle or a pedicab. Suzhou has dedicated cycle lanes making it safe to cycle in the city.

How to get to Suzhou:

In addition to the Sunan Shuofang International Airport, you can fly into Suzhou from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport or the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. These airports cater to both domestic and international passengers and are located 86 and 120 km from Suzhou respectively. They have regular shuttle services operating to Suzhou which takes you between one to two hours. Most of the major cities in the world are connected to Suzhou by either non-stop or connecting flights.

How much are hotels in Suzhou

You will find a variety of hotels in Suzhou depending on your taste. Being a major tourist destination, Suzhou hotels find themselves catering to all kinds of tourists. You can book Suzhou hotels based on your needs and budget. These hotels range from high-end to budget hotels. 

  • There are multiple 5-star hotels in Suzhou offering the best in luxury, with prices starting from CNY260 per night.
  • A comfortable stay in a 4-star or 3-star hotel will cost you anywhere upwards from CNY98. 
  • If you are on a tighter budget, you can opt for a 2-star or the cheap hotels in Suzhou. They offer all the basic facilities, minus the frills.

Suzhou Tourist Information

Top tourist attractions in Suzhou

If you are looking for things to do in Suzhou, you will find plenty and more options as the city is spilling with sites that compete for attention. Let’s take a look at some Suzhou attractions.

  • The Classical Gardens of Suzhou – These are a set of nine gardens in Suzhou that were developed mostly by Chinese scholars. These gardens have made it to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their landscaped gardens. They were built between the 11th and 19th century and showcase Chinese gardens at its best with rocks, rivers and hills. 
  • Suzhou Museum – Thus Museum houses collections of ancient Chinese paintings, art, handmade crafts and calligraphy. A visit to this museum will take you back in time, as you browse through the ancient stone inscriptions, ceramics and unearthed relics.
  • Tiger Hill – This is one of the must-see places if you’re visiting Suzhou. It is known for its historic sites and natural beauty. It got its name from its resemblance to a crouching tiger. In another legend, a white tiger is said to have appeared after King Helu’s burial. The star attraction here is the Tiger Hill Pagoda, the iconic structure of Suzhou, which is also called the Leaning Tower of China. 

Top food places in Suzhou

  • Pingjiang Road – This beautiful historic street is where you can taste authentic Suzhou food while taking in the local sights and marvelling at its history. You can try anything from little cakes to sweet bread and other spicy snacks. The prices are reasonable.
  • Shantang Street – This street is also known as Seven-Mile Shantang and is where you can enjoy both traditional and modern food in Suzhou against the backdrop of the canals.
  • Suzhou Industrial Park – You will find a variety of options for dining in and around Suzhou Industrial Park(SIP). Due to the presence of offices and educational institutions here, this area is a food lover’s paradise and is well priced in terms of quantity and quality.

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